Commentary
Content posted in February 2010
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Microsoft: Cloud Computing Will Raise Our Sales, Profit
Commentary  |  2/17/2010  | 
Microsoft business software president Stephen Elop says the company's June launch of Office 2010 will include a cloud-based version that will result in more revenue and profit for Microsoft because the company will end up "doing much more work for the customer."
Opera Mini Bests Safari On iPhone
Commentary  |  2/17/2010  | 
Opera Software is demonstrating its Opera Mini browser on Apple's iPhone during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The browser from Opera is better than Apple's native iPhone browser in almost every way, and is much faster.
RIM Saves Bandwidth For Future Generations
Commentary  |  2/17/2010  | 
RIM is warning other phone makers to build more efficient applications to conserve bandwidth, otherwise it fears we may run out of wireless bandwidth, and then what will our children do when we've used it all up?
Larry Ellison: America's Cup Like Running Oracle
Commentary  |  2/17/2010  | 
Calling estimates that he spent $400 million in his bid to win the America's Cup "a little high," Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said that winning the racing competition was like running his high-profile enterprise software company: "Everybody sees the sailing teams, but there's an awful lot behind them."
Global CIO: Hewlett-Packard's Megadeal With Shell Raises Strategic Profile
Commentary  |  2/16/2010  | 
Will this large, complex, and deeply strategic energy deal help HP shake the tired tag of world's biggest PC maker?
Global CIO Quick Take: Dell CIO On App Consolidation
Commentary  |  2/16/2010  | 
Keep cutting until the 'screaming's unbearable'
Else Smart Phone UI Inventive, Stunning (Video)
Commentary  |  2/16/2010  | 
Before I heap my endless praise for the most inventive user interface I've seen at Mobile World Congress, like some drunken barfly lavishing compliments at a cocktail waitress at 2 a.m., it's worth saying that Else must be prepared to out-scream and outperform a well-established A-list of smart phone platforms. I don't see how it can. I also think the company must all be right handed; but more on that later.
Open Source Choices
Commentary  |  2/16/2010  | 
Open source was Best Supporting Actor in the 2010 Editors' Choice Awards. It plays an important part -- in some cases, a star turn -- for 4 of The Dozen top-category winners and for 11 of the 36 Ones to Watch. Noting that the awards reflect both current impact and our expectations, clearly open source has reached a new level of enterprise importance and promise.
Citrix Launches Online Training Solution
Commentary  |  2/16/2010  | 
Remote communication specialist Citrix Online has introduced GoToTraining, an easy-to-use solution for SMBs to conduct online, interactive remote training.
Cloud-Based EMR Vendor Expects Flood Of New Hires
Commentary  |  2/16/2010  | 
Looking to get into health IT, but don't have a background in healthcare? Practice Fusion might be the place for you.
Staples Targets SMBs With IT Services
Commentary  |  2/16/2010  | 
Vying to be a one-stop shop for business IT, Staples seeks to grab the SMB market with "high-touch" services that can extend in-house IT efforts or provide full-service IT outsourcing.
Verizon And Skype Offering Free Calls For Smartphones
Commentary  |  2/16/2010  | 
Tuesday in Barcelona Verizon Wireless and Skype announced a new application for smartphones that will allow for free, unlimited calls to any other Skype user worldwide. What's really interesting is that the Verizon Skype app doesn't use VoIP at all.
Department Of Energy Names New Acting CIO
Commentary  |  2/16/2010  | 
The Department of Energy is pulling from its own ranks to temporarily fill the first of several impending gaps in IT leadership left by a departing CIO, acting CIO and associate CIO.
RIM's WebKit Browser Gets Slightly More Real
Commentary  |  2/16/2010  | 
Today Research In Motion took the opportunity to preview an early build of its new mobile browser for BlackBerries. The new browser's killer ingredient? WebKit, the same engine that powers the iPhone's browser and the Android browser. Welcome to the WebKit Club, RIM.
Cloud Unified Communications Services Reach Overseas
Commentary  |  2/16/2010  | 
Cloud services have gained acceptance in many markets, yet one area where they have been slow to take hold is unified communications. In order to entice more customers to use these services, Alteva addressed one of their limitations, international dialing capabilities.
Larry Ellison's Stunning High-Tech Sailing Triumph
Commentary  |  2/16/2010  | 
Although the only thing I know about sailing is that when you throw up you shouldn't do it into the wind, it has been fascinating to read about the unprecedented innovations Oracle CEO Larry Ellison brought to his high-tech sailboat that recently thrashed Ellison's rivals from Team Alinghi and brought the America's Cup home. Here are a few highlights.
Hands-On Video Of All New HTC Phones
Commentary  |  2/16/2010  | 
Today HTC announced three new smartphones -- two of which run Android and one of which runs Windows Phone 6.5.3. All of the devices feature refreshen industrial designs and the newest version of HTC's Sense user interface. InformationWeek goes hands-on with all three.
Global CIO: SuccessFactors Is The Future Of Business Software
Commentary  |  2/16/2010  | 
SuccessFactors' compelling product strategy, customer-centric mission, and dynamic CEO are turning the software business upside-down.
27 Companies Join Forces Against Apple App Store
Commentary  |  2/16/2010  | 
The Wholesale Application Community, or WAC for sort, announced at Mobile World Congress on Monday that 27 companies have joined forces to provide an alternative to Apple's App Store for developers. Frustration with the approval process has been growing among the developer community. Will this appeal to the disillusioned?
Guerra On Healthcare: Stimulus Funds For All EMR Systems
Commentary  |  2/15/2010  | 
Feds shouldn't bar physicians who work in hospitals but maintain practices that run EMR systems from getting reimbursements.
What's the Deal With Private Clouds?
Commentary  |  2/15/2010  | 
Many organizations like the idea of cloud computing, but they don't like the idea of handing over their processes and data to a third party. Thus, the private cloud was born. It's providing a nice evolution for cloud computing, and is becoming a very effective architectural pattern.
Windows Phone 7: A Big Bet
Commentary  |  2/15/2010  | 
"Maybe we'll get lucky with this number seven." It was a throw-away comment from a refulgent Steve Ballmer at the end of Microsoft's standing-room-only press conference here in Barcelona, an apt epilogue on the world's worst kept secret, the official unveiling of Windows Mobile 7 (sorry, that's Windows Phone 7 Series; is it WinPho now?). Unveiled, but with too much left veiled. These are leaky times, though, and Microsoft was right to do it in this seemingly fecund soil of mobile platforms. Now
New Domain Provides Global Business Directory
Commentary  |  2/15/2010  | 
SMBs can use a .tel address to put all their contact information in one accessible, mobile-friendly location and easily organize and update it.
Keeping The Virtualization Hangover At Bay
Commentary  |  2/15/2010  | 
How do management tools fit into your company's server virtualization strategy? If you can't answer that question, don't feel too bad -- you have a lot of company.
Mobile Operators Ready to Take on Apple and Google?
Commentary  |  2/15/2010  | 
The uneasy partnership among Apple, Google, and cellular service providers may become more strained moving forward. Aggravated that they need to cater to mobile phone suppliers, a group of two dozen network operators have banded together and are building their own developer community.
First Impressions Of Windows Phone 7 Series
Commentary  |  2/15/2010  | 
I had a few moments to spend with the freshly announced Windows Phone 7 Series operating system. One thing is clear: Microsoft is serious about taking back the smartphone crown. With OEMs and network operators on board, Windows Phone 7 is its biggest -- and riskiest -- step yet.
A Great Time To Be Back On The SMB Beat
Commentary  |  2/15/2010  | 
Today marks my return to the exciting, dynamic world of small and midsize businesses IT. It's good to be back. Moreover, it's a good time to be back on this beat. With signs of economic recovery flickering on the horizon, SMBs are poised to compete on a playing field that technology continues to level.
Windows Phone 7 Announced!
Commentary  |  2/15/2010  | 
Microsoft has announced their Windows Phone 7 platform today in Barcelona, Spain at Mobile World Congress. This is the make or break platform for Microsoft. The press release is a bit light on technical details but it gives general information on the platform, not the least of which confirms it existence and gives rough release dates.
MWC2010: Nokia Bores, Android Scores
Commentary  |  2/15/2010  | 
Mobile World Congress 2010 has kicked off into high gear with lots of news from Barcelona. Nokia forgot to announce anything new, but there are a half-dozen new Android phones on the show floor, including the Motorola CLIQ XT, headed for T-Mobile.
On Gartner's Data Warehousing Quadrant
Commentary  |  2/15/2010  | 
Gartner's 2009 data warehouse DBMS Magic Quadrant -- actually, January 2010 -- is now out. Here I call out some points in the surrounding commentary that I find interesting or just plain strange.
SAP Chairman Plattner On What Could Kill Company
Commentary  |  2/14/2010  | 
While profits remain enormously important to SAP, co-founder and chairman Hasso Plattner said in public comments last week that if SAP were to try to stifle another particularly vital imperative for the sake of profits, "that could kill the company."
Global CIO: Hewlett-Packard And Oracle Layoffs Are Ugly But Essential
Commentary  |  2/14/2010  | 
While layoffs can be heartbreaking, they're also an indispensable fact of life in the dynamic global IT business.
Windows Mobile 7 Won't Get Flash
Commentary  |  2/14/2010  | 
According to an email sent to InformationWeek, Windows Mobile 7 will be the latest smartphone platform to launch with no Flash support. What's Adobe's story, here?
Samsung's Wave Is Bada-Full
Commentary  |  2/14/2010  | 
Today in Barcelona Samsung unveiled its first handset to run the Bada operating system. The Wave is a touchphone that sports a 3.3-inch super AMOLED display. The hardware looks great, the software less so.
Google Grant Brings Free Wi-Fi To The Dalles
Commentary  |  2/12/2010  | 
Google will be providing a $100,000 grant to The Dalles, Oregon, to build and operate a Wi-Fi cloud that covers the city's business district.
Full Nelson: Mobile World Congress Preview: The Battle For Mobile Supremacy
Commentary  |  2/12/2010  | 
The world's largest mobile computing and communications event tackles every technology known to man -- and some that aren't.
Global CIO: Apple's Steve Jobs Torpedoes Another Stale Business Model
Commentary  |  2/12/2010  | 
Jobs and the iPad are revolutionizing the book business while picking a big fight with Amazon. What can you learn?
The Fritz & David Show: Data Centers, Mobile World Congress, Buzzzz
Commentary  |  2/12/2010  | 
This week, my colleague, David Berlind and I talk about the Data Center, some of the upcoming announcements we expect to see at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week, and we rant about all of the social platforms that continue to sprout like nasty weeds (this week's culprit: Google Buzz).
SAP Chairman Vows Not To Interfere
Commentary  |  2/12/2010  | 
In what must be sweet comfort to his two newly named co-CEOs, SAP chairman and co-founder Hasso Plattner has vowed not to interfere in daily operations. That pledge comes just several days after Plattner promised to "do everything possible to make SAP a happy company again" and as he is deeply involved in a sweeping overhaul of the company's development processes and customer relations.
Guides Get Down And Dirty With Virtualization Tech
Commentary  |  2/12/2010  | 
Good intermediate-level articles on server virtualization technology can be hard to find. One of the best series that I have read on the subject just added a new installment.
BlackBerry Stops A Bullet, Saves Owner
Commentary  |  2/12/2010  | 
A man's gun accidentally discharged inside an Ohio restaurant, striking his girlfriend in the leg. Lucky for her that's where she decided to store her BlackBerry Curve, which stopped the bullet and saved her from serious harm.
AT&T To Get Palm Pre In May
Commentary  |  2/12/2010  | 
Palm's stock rose Thursday morning when Citi called for the AT&T to get the Pre in May. The Pre recently launched, along with its sister device the Pixi, on the Verizon network two weeks ago and results haven't been that great. Citi may be counting on AT&T to put more marketing effort into the WebOS platform than Verizon has.
A Microsoft Picture Worth 1000 Words
Commentary  |  2/11/2010  | 
Microsoft is a company driven by its history, and by its core products. Nothing makes that point quite as well as this chart, which shows how dependent Microsoft is on Windows and Office. In comparison, all the other products and services are a drop in the bucket.
Global CIO: Accenture Millenials Study: The IT Revolution Has Begun
Commentary  |  2/11/2010  | 
Today's young tech wizards have huge potential but jarring behavior, Accenture says—how do you harness the former and understand the latter?
IBM Brings Its Collaboration Software To The Mac
Commentary  |  2/11/2010  | 
As part of its drive to make sure its software works across an open set of platforms, IBM has announced that several Lotus collaboration and social applications now support the Mac and the iPhone.
Dell Buying Kace: Lesson Learned From EqualLogic Deal
Commentary  |  2/11/2010  | 
Dell has agreed to buy Kace, maker of the KBOX IT systems management appliance, for an undisclosed sum. The product fits with what Dell learned from acquiring EqualLogic in 2008: that it needed to make its hardware easier to use, quicker to set up, and with fewer tasks to run it.
Expect Office Mac 2011 This Year
Commentary  |  2/11/2010  | 
In a press conference this morning, Microsoft reiterated that the next version of its productivity suite for the Macintosh, Office for Mac, will be out in the fourth quarter of 2010. It will get some interface changes a la Office for Windows, some new features, and even a new component.
Motorola To Split In Two By 2011
Commentary  |  2/11/2010  | 
Today Motorola confirmed earlier reports that it plans to separate the company into two separate business units. The mobile devices unit will be paired with the cable set-top-box business and spun off from Motorola's enterprise mobility business as its own company.
Motorola Says No Android 2.1 Update For Droid
Commentary  |  2/11/2010  | 
Earlier this week, Motorola's official Facebook page appeared to confirm that the company was planning to push Android 2.1 out to the Droid as early as this week. Turns out Motorola's Facebook staff was a bit premature.
Down To Business: No One Owns Market Leadership
Commentary  |  2/11/2010  | 
Great companies re-earn customer trust and loyalty every single day, often using the most innovative and reliable technology.
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